\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Definition of stork

: any of various large wading birds (family Ciconiidae) chiefly of Asia, Africa, and South America that have long stout bills and are related to the ibises and herons

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Recent Examples on the Web The zoo said the training helped the staff members act quickly to relocate the stork. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Saddle-billed stork wanders off from habitat at Maryland Zoo on Tuesday," 18 Aug. 2020 The Parc National de Forêts is a nesting home of the black stork, which flies 3,500 miles from the West African coast. Josh Edelson, National Geographic, "After the explosions, how will a jewel of the world rebuild?," 8 Sep. 2020 After a 3,500-mile migration from the West African coast, the black stork sets down in France’s Parc National de Forêts, building its enormous nests high in 40-foot oaks, far from human eyes. National Geographic, "At France’s newest national park, it’s all about the trees," 1 Sep. 2020 Employees noticed the stork and called for assistance, including the Animal Recapture Team. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Saddle-billed stork wanders off from habitat at Maryland Zoo on Tuesday," 18 Aug. 2020 Hearts bloom over their heads, and by the end of the game, a stork delivers their baby. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Players Around the World Gobbled Up Pac-Man," 22 May 2020 The team kept an eye on the stork as staff brought the zebra and rhino into the barns. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Saddle-billed stork wanders off from habitat at Maryland Zoo on Tuesday," 18 Aug. 2020 Eleven years old, towheaded and built like a starving stork, the most famous skateboarder in the world began skating in earnest in 1979 during a trip to Oasis Skatepark, near his hometown of San Diego. Cole Louison, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Tony Hawk’s First Skateboard Shows About the History of the Sport He Made Famous," 10 June 2020 Those giant, stork-like birds looked like airborne flakes of ground pepper. Anchorage Daily News, "We have been grounded, but migrating birds have not," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of stork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stork

Middle English, from Old English storc; akin to Old High German storah stork and probably to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

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The first known use of stork was before the 12th century

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10 Feb 2021

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“Stork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stork

: a large bird that has long legs and a long bill and neck


\ ˈstȯrk How to pronounce stork (audio) \

Kids Definition of stork

: a large wading bird that has a long heavy bill and long legs and builds large nests usually in trees or on the top of roofs and poles

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